‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special‘: James Gunn On How Disney+ Show Bridges Franchise To Upcoming ‘Vol. 3’

Warning: The following article contains major spoilers marvel studios‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’, Which dropped today on Disney+.

james gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special has finally come; a one-time concept that he originally developed for ABC 2017 release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

However, timing is everything, and the special comes at an quintessential moment as Gunn is wrapping up the $1.6 billion global grossing Marvel franchise Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 In theaters May 5, 2023.

“I used the holiday special as an opportunity to introduce some elements Guardians of the Galaxy, so i didn’t have to explain to them in the beginning section 3” Gunn tells Deadline. “It was a Trojan horse.

“I don’t need to talk about where they got [the new Guardians HQ] out of nowhere, or Cosmo out of nowhere,” explains Gunn, who added the threequel’s new set of specials — namely, Nowhere and the new spaceship, The Bowie. “I think you see that Nebula’s now What role does he play in the group: He is somewhat of a leader.

“We see all these changes since we last saw them,” says the filmmaker.

Here’s the mega reveal in the holiday special: We learn that Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis are brother and sister, born from Kurt Russell’s alter ego.

the holiday special was shot together Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Atlanta, “which is a crazy experience because Vol. 3 is a serious film, it deals with the emotional lives of these characters,” says Gunn.

,[Vol. 3] There is a lot of heaviness in it,” says the filmmaker. “So shooting for a few days, and then shooting this goofy thing — it was like my off days.

“when you see guardian 3, You’ll see, yes, there’s a bad guy, but it’s not about him,” he continues.

Back to San Diego Comic-Con last summer where Vol. 3 trailer was dropped, new the guardians The villain made a cameo in full costume in Hall H, the High Evolutionary played by Chukwudi Iwuji, who stars in Gunn’s HBO Max. DC performance peacemaker,

The High Evolutionary warned Hall H, whom he called “scum”: “Thanks for inspiring me, how vile you all are… I can’t wait to analyze you all and see what I I can learn.”

Adds About Gunn Vol. 3, “It’s about this family of rejected who have found each other, and love each other, and with each other’s support, maybe come to accept who they are because They all hate themselves, and that’s really what this journey is about.”

Gunn imagines holiday special out of his love for the cult 1970s star wars holiday special, presented it to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, who remained a fan. Kevin Bacon playing himself provided plenty of mojo for the new special dance The actor is being abducted by Mantis and Dave Bautista’s Drax. Bacon was Quill’s idol, telling back to Zoe Salanda’s Gamora In the original film, the actor was the protagonist, who saved a town that couldn’t dance. Gunn also tapped his favorite band, the all-country 1990s group Old 97’s, to perform a song he co-wrote with lead singer Rhett Miller, “I Don’t Know What Time It Is for Christmas, But Christmas time is here.”

we reported earlier Talking Gunn about his departure from Marvel as head of Warner Bros. DC Studios with Peter Safran as co-head of the label. Both are unveiling their maps for the DC universe early next year.

In regards to who Marvel will leave Guardians Of the franchise, Gunn commented last week, “It’s never going to be the same set of characters for a number of different reasons. Who knows what will happen with the guardians franchise with respect to future characters, but in the context of this group of characters, this is the end of their story.